Long-term Outcomes of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Posted on:May 10, 2020
Last Updated: November 25, 2023
Time to read: 7 minutes

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) encompasses all sexual behaviours/activities with a child who is neither physically or mentally able to prepare or comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to, and that which violates the laws or social taboos of society [WHO 1999]. Adolescent sexual abuse is also included under the CSA term. [Schoedl et al. 2010]

Studies show that CSA is more common when there are comorbid adverse family conditions such as physical abuse, parental substance abuse, marital conflict, and the presence of familial psychopathology. [Fergusson et al. 1996; Fleming et al. 1997]